Looking to reduce their sleep quota, and delves into the relationship between sleep, food, and restfulness.
1. Don’t battle with life.
Keeping yourself fit and well is not a battle. Play a game, swim, walk, whatever you like. You will only have a problem if all you want to do is eat cheesecake! Otherwise, there is no problem with being relaxed with any activity.
2. Yogic Practices - Shambhavi Mahamudra.
With 12 to 18 months of practice, you can bring your pulse rate down to around fifty or sixty in a restful state. If this happens, your sleep quota will go down dramatically because the body is generally restful throughout the day. Whatever activity you may be doing, it remains restful, so it will not demand more sleep.
3. Yogic Practices – Shoonya Meditation You will find this fifteen minutes of meditation is equal to two to three hours of sleep in terms of restfulness. Because there are such drastic physiological changes in the body, especially on the level of your blood chemistry, phenomenal things will change – which is why it needs to be taught in very controlled, focused conditions.
4. Bring Natural Foods in Your Diet If you are sleeping eight or nine hours a day, one thing to look at is the food you eat. Consuming at least a certain amount of vegetarian material, particularly foods that can be eaten in their natural, uncooked condition is very important for your general wellbeing.
5. From Stove to Plate – Make it Quick In Indian culture, traditionally it is said that any cooked food should always be eaten within 1.5 to 2 hours of being cooked. Keeping cooked food in a fridge for long periods of time and then eating it can raise your sleep quota in addition to causing many other problems to the body.
6. How Much to Eat How keenly you manage your energies is what decides your alertness. To meditate, alertness should be not just of the mind but of your very energy
7. Don’t Forcefully Deny Sleep If you forcefully deny sleep to the body, your physical and mental capabilities and whatever else you have will drop. You should never do that. You must give the body how much sleep it needs.
8. Don’t Sleep Right After You Eat You must give sufficient time for digestion to happen before you sleep.
9.The Right Position For Sleep If you are in the northern hemisphere, East is the best direction to keep your head when you sleep. The Northeast is okay. West is alright. South, if you must. North, no. In the southern hemisphere, don’t put your head to the south.
10. Keep Your System Pure The question is not of how long you live but how well you live. What you hear, what you say, how you eat – these things are practiced in yoga because by keeping the ambiance, our tongue, our mind and body pure, there is a certain freedom, intelligence, and blissfulness to your existence.
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